As you may have heard, Joe Torre pitched Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning and George Sherrill in the ninth of yesterday's game. What was Broxton's reaction?
From the AP recap at ESPN.com:
The manager said he didn't think Broxton had a problem with his decision, but the closer's body language indicated he wasn't thrilled.
"You still got three outs," Broxton said curtly.
And from Ken Gurnick at Dodgers.com:
Broxton said he had no problem with the early warmup.
"We won, so it doesn't matter," he said. "It was a big part of the game. I take the ball when they tell me to go out there and I don't complain about anything."
Both relievers got the job done, although each allowed two baserunners. Broxton is so soft-spoken that we'll never really know what's he's feeling, but kudos to Torre for a successful experiment that may pay dividends in the future.
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